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Cover: setting the tone on the first day: running competitive practices
Setting the Tone on the First Day: Running Competitive Practices

featuring Mike Morgan,
Merrimack College Head Men's Coach;
Back-to-Back NCAA Tournament appearances (2015-16);
all-time winningest coach in program history

Great lacrosse programs aren't born, they're developed on the practice field. And a great lacrosse program starts with highly efficient, well-planned practices. In this video, Mike Morgan demonstrates why he has been so successful with his approach to practice.

Coach Morgan provides the viewer with a blueprint of his team's first spring practice of the season. His practices are detailed, fast-paced, and competitive. He stresses preparation and explains in great detail how he evaluates every practice, previous games, and players. Team/program buy-in is stressed, as well as how he expects his upperclassmen to mentor the younger players so they understand the culture of the program.

Practice Drills

Morgan unlocks his collection of drills and creates a competitive, zero-downtime environment. The video is broken down into four major segments:

  • The first is a series of drills called Indy drills. This segment is focused on individual skills. Defensive players work on slides, recovery from slides and 1v1 defense. Offensive players work on shooting, proper hand placement, footwork and pass and cutting skills.
  • The second segment is small group drills focused on getting either your defensive units or offensive players into situations where they have to work as a group.
  • The third segment focuses on transitions. This segment works on field awareness drills as well as odd man situations.
  • The final segment lays out 6v6 to full field situation drills.

Nine Line drill

Morgan explains how to energize your team with a simple, but effective drill that teaches transition, field awareness, and team play. The Nine Line drill is a fast-paced ground ball drill that gets your team moving. This drill has all the components you're looking for, including:

  • Competitive ground balls
  • Transition play
  • Odd man situation
  • Small field scrimmage

Sideways Transition

Morgan continues with a buildup transition drill that provides an opportunity for the goalies to outlet pass to start the drill and start the full field drill as a 4v3 from each end before building up to 6v5. Coach Morgan's Sideways Transition Drill is a great way of reinforcing the technique to control the field.

This video is great for coaches looking to get their team's season started with a high-paced, efficient practice that sets the tone for the year.

66 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Cover: skills & drills for a winning practice
Skills & Drills for a Winning Practice

with Mike Faith,
Franklin & Marshall Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
Back-to-Back NCAA DIII Final Four appearances (2016-17);
2x Centennial Conference Champions (2017 & 2015);
former Elizabethtown College Head Coach,
2x Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Champs and 2x MAC Coach of the Year;
Division III All-American midfielder at Salisbury University

While offering insights and explanations that illustrate why his programs are consistently successful, Mike Faith provides a blueprint to run an outstanding practice. In this 'open practice' session, Coach Faith leads you through drills & skills for both the offense and defense. From goalie and team warm-ups through the closing scrimmage, see how the fundamentals of the game are worked as units, and as a team.

Easy to follow whiteboard explanations followed by clear and well-paced live video will give you the confidence you need to present these drills to your team. Every aspect of the game is covered so you won't leave your team unprepared for their first game.

Warm-Ups

Coach Faith starts by warming up the goalie for the shots she will see during the practice. He then leads the team through a series of warm-up drills that focus on competitive ground balls, partner passing, and a weave.

The warm-up session transitions to the split offense/defense section of practice through a progressive 1v1 drill, as well as working on simulated fast breaks.

Offense and Defense Split Session

Join the defense as they work on footwork, ground balls, and stick checks. Learn how to more efficiently make use of practice time by adding footwork into your ground ball drills. Work through a series of five drills that help your defenders practice their stick checks from both the front and the back, and in varying situations.

On the offensive side, learn to get your attackers to the net through a series of three drills that work on the footwork and movement required to beat defenders and create opportunities.

Full Team Practice

Watch as Coach Faith works on center draws, including the players taking the draw as well as how the circle players help by boxing out. See how the skills worked on to this point in the practice are utilized to make you successful in this key moment of every game. Watch as the team works on another critical part of every game: the man-up/man-down situation. See how to attack and defend during these 2-minute drills.

Coach Faith ends practice with a full field, then 7v7 scrimmage. This is a great way to help solidify the skills worked on during the practice by applying them to a game situation.

This video is a guide to running a practice that emphasizes both individual and team development, complete with X's and O's and full explanation of drills and concepts.

2017.

DVD
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Cover: mike faith's coaching lacrosse 3-pack
Mike Faith's Coaching Lacrosse 3-Pack
LXD-05267A:

with Mike Faith,
Franklin & Marshall Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
Back-to-Back NCAA DIII Final Four appearances (2016-17);
2x Centennial Conference Champions (2017 & 2015);
former Elizabethtown College Head Coach,
2x Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Champs and 2x MAC Coach of the Year;
Division III All-American midfielder at Salisbury University

While competing in one of the most competitive lacrosse conferences in Division III and an always challenging non-conference schedule, the Franklin and Marshall women's lacrosse team never seems to have issues finding the back of the net, averaging at least 12 goals per game during the entirety of Mike Faith's tenure. This video offers a unique perspective as to how the Diplomats consistently score goals despite playing against top-tier competition.

Many offenses quickly become overly complex, causing confusion and frustration. As a result, players fall back to their comfort zone skills and play like seven individual players instead of a team. In this video, Coach Faith teaches two offensive concepts that are simple enough for the beginning player to grasp, yet flexible enough to work at the college level.

Easy to follow whiteboard explanations followed by clear and well-paced live video will give you the confidence you need to present these offenses to you team. Additionally, a full set of supporting drills will break down the offensive skills your players need to execute effortlessly during games.

Basic Motion Offense

This offense highlights your players' athleticism and dodging skills. Coach Faith walks through the concepts of the basic motion offense and shows how to divide the attack unit into groups, and how these groups work with each other. These fundamentals of the offense are worked on in a series of drills that teach and emphasize the movements and passing that will make this offense work for you. See players work on a variety of position-specific movements/dodges that help make them successful in this offense. The understanding of what's presented will enable the development of variations of this basic offense.

Stacking/Screening Offense

Coach Faith walks through the concepts of a basic stack, or screening offense. Understand how the implementation of this offense can create congestion and confusion in the attack zone by setting screens and picks both on- and off-ball. Many defenses simply cannot handle that level of confusion and congestion. Through a series of three drills, Faith teaches a few of these movements that will help your team create and capitalize on opportunities. Emphasis is placed on ball movement and spacing to create open looks off feeds.

Coach Faith outlines two separate, yet complementary offenses that your players can learn and implement quickly, freeing you to move onto teaching the finer points of the game without wasting time putting in complicated and confusing offensive schemes.

40 minutes. 2017.



LXD-05267B:

with Mike Faith,
Franklin & Marshall Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
Back-to-Back NCAA DIII Final Four appearances (2016-17);
2x Centennial Conference Champions (2017 & 2015);
former Elizabethtown College Head Coach,
2x Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Champs and 2x MAC Coach of the Year;
Division III All-American midfielder at Salisbury University

During a successful run at the helm of the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team, Mike Faith has established the Diplomats as one of the most dominant defensive teams in the sport.

Coach Faith will teach you the two man-to-man defensive systems that he has used to develop his team into one of the top defensive teams in the country. He'll show you how to transform your basic man-to-man defense into one that is more aggressive and incorporates double teams to create more turnovers. You'll learn three secrets to making basic man-to-man defense more successful.

Next, you will learn Coach Faith's hig

DVD
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Cover: improving team offense - executing motion & stack offenses
Improving Team Offense - Executing Motion & Stack Offenses

with Mike Faith,
Franklin & Marshall Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
Back-to-Back NCAA DIII Final Four appearances (2016-17);
2x Centennial Conference Champions (2017 & 2015);
former Elizabethtown College Head Coach,
2x Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Champs and 2x MAC Coach of the Year;
Division III All-American midfielder at Salisbury University

While competing in one of the most competitive lacrosse conferences in Division III and an always challenging non-conference schedule, the Franklin and Marshall women's lacrosse team never seems to have issues finding the back of the net, averaging at least 12 goals per game during the entirety of Mike Faith's tenure. This video offers a unique perspective as to how the Diplomats consistently score goals despite playing against top-tier competition.

Many offenses quickly become overly complex, causing confusion and frustration. As a result, players fall back to their comfort zone skills and play like seven individual players instead of a team. In this video, Coach Faith teaches two offensive concepts that are simple enough for the beginning player to grasp, yet flexible enough to work at the college level.

Easy to follow whiteboard explanations followed by clear and well-paced live video will give you the confidence you need to present these offenses to you team. Additionally, a full set of supporting drills will break down the offensive skills your players need to execute effortlessly during games.

Basic Motion Offense

This offense highlights your players' athleticism and dodging skills. Coach Faith walks through the concepts of the basic motion offense and shows how to divide the attack unit into groups, and how these groups work with each other. These fundamentals of the offense are worked on in a series of drills that teach and emphasize the movements and passing that will make this offense work for you. See players work on a variety of position-specific movements/dodges that help make them successful in this offense. The understanding of what's presented will enable the development of variations of this basic offense.

Stacking/Screening Offense

Coach Faith walks through the concepts of a basic stack, or screening offense. Understand how the implementation of this offense can create congestion and confusion in the attack zone by setting screens and picks both on- and off-ball. Many defenses simply cannot handle that level of confusion and congestion. Through a series of three drills, Faith teaches a few of these movements that will help your team create and capitalize on opportunities. Emphasis is placed on ball movement and spacing to create open looks off feeds.

Coach Faith outlines two separate, yet complementary offenses that your players can learn and implement quickly, freeing you to move onto teaching the finer points of the game without wasting time putting in complicated and confusing offensive schemes.

40 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: developing high pressure team defenses
Developing High Pressure Team Defenses

with Mike Faith,
Franklin & Marshall Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
Back-to-Back NCAA DIII Final Four appearances (2016-17);
2x Centennial Conference Champions (2017 & 2015);
former Elizabethtown College Head Coach,
2x Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Champs and 2x MAC Coach of the Year;
Division III All-American midfielder at Salisbury University

During a successful run at the helm of the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team, Mike Faith has established the Diplomats as one of the most dominant defensive teams in the sport.

Coach Faith will teach you the two man-to-man defensive systems that he has used to develop his team into one of the top defensive teams in the country. He'll show you how to transform your basic man-to-man defense into one that is more aggressive and incorporates double teams to create more turnovers. You'll learn three secrets to making basic man-to-man defense more successful.

Next, you will learn Coach Faith's high pressure man-to-man backer defense. You'll see how Faith divides the field into quadrants to teach his teams exactly how to execute this aggressive defense. Backer defenses have been so successful in women's lacrosse that more and more teams are using them. An added benefit is that by learning what makes a backer defense successful, you'll also learn how to beat it with your offense when opponents use it against you.

Each defense and all the drills are presented clearly and thoroughly in a whiteboard session and then shown again in live video walk through and with offense.

Fine Tune Your Man-to-Man Defense

Coach Faith spends a great deal of time explaining how F&M runs an effective man-to-man package while not sacrificing ball pressure, or dictating terms of an offensive team. With an emphasis on playing aggressive defense and doubling the ball whenever possible, learn how he teaches defensive hedging and the responsibilities of the adjacent defenders. Coach Faith runs his team through three drills that work on these responsibilities in different scenarios, focusing on footwork and body positioning to force the ball carrier to their weak hand, the defensive communication required to be successful, and how to hedge and cover for a player that has been beat or is out of position.

Man-to-Man Backer Defense

Coach Faith leads you through the concepts and responsibilities of a man-to-man backer defense. Of prime importance is the understanding of the communication and shifting required by the defensive unit to make this defense successful; and specifically, the role the backer plays. Through a series of five drills, see how to defend the ball as it moves around the 8 as well as how to defend a spread offense. Learn how the backer is utilized effectively as offenses attack the net by increasing ball movement and sending cutters through the 8.

Additionally, by running both backer and man-to-man defenses without using a completely zone premise, Faith allows you to shift in and out of these defenses more seamlessly than if the backer defense emphasized solely zone concepts.

Drills to Develop Defensive Systems

The drills Coach Faith shows are situational in nature, creating chaotic scenarios for the defensive unit, and allowing a team defense to react and adjust to changing situations. These drills place a heavy emphasis on anticipation, communication, and reaction time for a team defensive unit, are easy to understand and implement, and are flexible enough that you customize to fit your team's dynamics

By breaking down his defense on the white-board and showing it with a walk-through on the field, Coach Faith provides great detail and insight on implementing a potent man-to-man defensive system.

70 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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